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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups: Add Deshaun Watson in Week 12

The time has come! Deshaun Watson officially returned to practice Nov. 14 and is eligible to play in Week 13 when the Cleveland Browns face the Houston Texans. With that being said, Watson’s ownership will increase quickly, so if your fantasy team is in dire need of QB help, you may want to include him in your fantasy football waiver wire priority in Week 12, as we told you last week

The Browns have noticeably struggled without an elite quarterback behind center, but once Watson is back in the mix, the entire offense will see a boost in fantasy football. We’ve seen what he was able to do with a limited supporting cast in Houston, so one can only imagine the upside in the Browns’ offense. 

Let’s take a closer look at why you should think about a Deshaun Watson fantasy football waiver wire pickup in Week 12.

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups: Add Deshaun Watson Week 12
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Deshaun Watson Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickup in Week 12 

The Deshaun Watson fantasy football hype was real entering the season, but fantasy managers have been unable to see what he’ll be able to do in this new offense. There may be a little rust because he hasn’t played since 2020, but we all remember how electric he can be, especially in fantasy football. 

Deshaun Watson posted at least 20 fantasy points in 11 games in 2020, including three 30+ fantasy point performances. He did this with a supporting cast of Will Fuller, Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb. The Browns’ receiving duo of Amari Cooper and Donovan Peoples-Jones have flashed on multiple occurrences with Jacoby Brissett under center, so one can only imagine what will happen once Watson gets the reins. 

Watson’s currently rostered in 36.0% of ESPN leagues, which has steadily increased as the weeks have gone on. If you’re in trouble at the QB position come fantasy playoffs, now is the time to add him on the fantasy football waiver wire in Week 12. Cleveland faces HOU, CIN, BAL and NO, which should all allow Watson to shake off his rust and get the offense moving at an elite level. 

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